Which NBN Connection is Best?
The National Broadroad Network (NBN) has become an essential part of our digital lives, offering various connection types to meet different needs and preferences. But with choices come decisions. In this post, we will delve into the two main NBN connection types: Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) and Fibre to the Node (FTTN). We’ll explain why FTTP stands out as the best option, and why FTTN falls short, especially due to line attenuation.
Different Types of NBN Connections
Fibre to the Premises (FTTP): The Best Option
- Overview: FTTP provides a full-fibre connection all the way into your home. It represents the pinnacle of internet technology today.
- Pros: Offering the highest speed, most reliability, and a future-proof solution, FTTP stands out as the best choice for those needing high-speed, consistent internet.
- Cons: The only drawback might be the potentially higher installation cost.
Fibre to the Node (FTTN): The Least Favorable Option
- Overview: FTTN utilises the old Telstra copper network, which was originally designed for voice, not data.
- Pros: Its main advantage is the cheaper installation.
- Cons: Unfortunately, FTTN suffers from slower speeds, less reliability, and a lack of future-proofing due to line attenuation.
Deep Dive: FTTP vs FTTN
Fibre to the Node (FTTN): Understanding Line Attenuation
FTTN relies on the existing old Telstra copper network, which is prone to a phenomenon known as line attenuation.
What is Line Attenuation?
Line attenuation refers to the reduction in signal strength that occurs as the signal travels along the copper line. The farther the signal has to travel, the more it degrades.
The 3km Limitation
For FTTN connections, the distance between the node and the premises plays a crucial role in internet performance:
- Under 3km: Reduced speeds and occasional issues.
- At 3km: Significant drop in signal strength.
- Over 3km: Signal may become virtually non-existent.
Speed Comparison: FTTP vs FTTN
|Connection Type||Under 1km||1-2km||2-3km||Over 3km|
|FTTP||Up to 1000 Mbps||Up to 1000 Mbps||Up to 1000 Mbps||Up to 1000 Mbps|
|FTTN||Up to 100 Mbps||Up to 50 Mbps||Up to 25 Mbps||Virtually non-existent|
This limitation is a stark contrast to FTTP, which offers consistent performance regardless of distance.
Why FTTP is Superior:
- Speed: FTTP provides lightning-fast internet.
- Reliability: More stable, without the dropouts experienced in FTTN.
- Future-Proofing: FTTP is a long-term solution, while FTTN might soon become obsolete.
How SECURE A COM Can Help
At SECURE A COM, we understand the nuances of NBN connections. Whether you need expert advice on choosing the right connection or assistance with fault finding and repairing, we’ve got you covered.
Choosing the right NBN connection can greatly affect your online experience. With its high speed, reliability, and future-readiness, FTTP clearly stands out as the best option. If you need help deciding on the right connection or assistance with any other internet-related issues, don’t hesitate to contact SECURE A COM at 02 9188 1577. We are open Monday to Friday from 7 am till 5 pm.
Head Internet Technician
Jason Kearney is the Head Technician at SECURE A COM, with qualifications spanning NBN, ADSL, phone, and data cabling. Starting as an electrician, Jason quickly delved into the telecommunications sector, leading crucial projects like the rehabilitation of the Telstra network. With credentials in both managerial and technical aspects, he now specialises in phone line and NBN fault location and repair, serving both homes and businesses with effective and personalised telecommunications solutions